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  • HOMEMADE PIZZA

    One of the easiest meals to make with your children, and a perennial favorite in our house, is homemade pizza. It is hard to mess up (although it is messy) and children can really get creative. You could cheat and purchase prepared dough or pizza crust, but it you want your child to have the sensorial experience of mixing and kneading dough, you really should make it from scratch.

    Dough ingredients:

    1 cup wrist temperature water

    1 1/2 tsp. active dry yeast

    1 Tbs. honey or sugar

    1 1/2 tsp. salt

    2 1/2 to 3 cups flour

    oil

     Toppings:

    Pizza sauce

    Assorted shredded cheeses like romano, mozzarella and  cheddar

    Your favorite pizza toppings

    In a medium-sized bowl, place warm water and sprinkle in yeast and honey or sugar until everything dissolves. Use a wisk to stir in salt and flour. My children love any recipe that involves stirring.  As is gets thick, start kneading with your hands (another kid favorite) until all the flour is absorbed. Brush a little olive oil over the dough, cover the bowl with a towel and let rise in a warm place until it is doubled in bulk.

    Preheat oven to 450 degrees. When the dough is ready, roll out onto a lightly floured surface. This step may require adult help. It is important here not to expect perfection as it takes a lot of practice to roll out the perfect pizza. Place dough on a lightly oiled cookie sheet.  To avoid sticking, sprinkle the pan with a light dusting of cornmeal.

    Next, spread a layer of sauce, sprinkle on cheese and the toppings of your choice. Bake in oven for 20 minutes or until crust is brown and the cheese is bubbling. Let stand for a few minutes before cutting. Enjoy!

    Two great books about pizza to share with your children are: Pete’s a Pizza by William Steig and How Pizza Came to Queens by Dayal Kaur Khalsa

    Published on August 29, 2009 · Filed under: 10-13 year olds, 5-9 year olds, All ages., Cooking with kids., Math, Pre-school; Tagged as:
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